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Kathryn R. Bown

Kathryn - Our health specialist likes to share with the readers the latest news from the field. Nobody understands better than her the relation between healthy mind and healthy body.


– New data suggests that both elderly people and young children can benefit from getting together to do activities –

Living in a multi-generational household is less common than it used to be so it is less likely that older and younger generations spend much time together. With the busy lives of most families, even seeing grandparents might be a challenge and so children and grandparents miss out on that all important bonding time. Families are also more dispersed so different generations might not live near each other, but the importance of inter-generational contact remains.

The Live-in Care Hub is a not-for-profit organisation committed to raising the quality of elderly care in the UK and they are keen advocates of a better quality of life for older people. They have, therefore, been highlighting the benefits of inter-generational contact and joint activities.

The Benefits Of Older And Younger Generations Spending Time Together

There are many benefits for different generations spending time together including, but not limited to:

  • Both age groups can learn new skills from each other
  • Both age groups can learn about relevant aspects of their different generations
  • Older people have a sense of purpose and children feel a sense of doing something for others
  • Children gain an understanding of the elderly and growing older
  • Children may lose any fear of the elderly they have
  • The older adults can avoid loneliness
  • Depression and other mental health issues may be alleviated in older adults
  • Older adults may see improvements in physical health
  • Older adults with dementia may see some symptoms reduce
  • Older adults provide a patient and understanding ear to children who have plenty to share

Activities That Benefit Both Generations

There are some really enjoyable activities than can benefit both parties and encourage great relationships to develop:

  • Gardening
  • Reading to each other
  • Learning a new hobby
  • Sharing stories (real or make believe)
  • Singing and dancing
  • Preparing and cooking a meal
  • Art and sketching

Dominique Kent, Joint Founder of the Live-In Care Hub, is a passionate advocate for better elderly care in the UK. “We know from our research that one-to-one care at home with a live-in carer results in better health and wellbeing for the vast majority of elderly people. Live-in care also enables better contact with all generations of a family in a familiar home environment where routines and meal times can easily be altered to accommodate young children.

With live-in care there are no restrictions imposed to prevent people enjoying life as fully as possible. So it is important that older people understand that care in their own home is a viable option.”

The Live-In Care Hub carry out independent research and their website offers practical tips, advice and support to those seeking elderly care for themselves or for a relative. Find out more at www.liveincarehub.co.uk.


Fiber is something we need daily in our diet to maintain proper health. In this article, we will discuss what fiber is, why we need it, and how we can have it in our lives. Fiber is a carbohydrate that the body can’t digest. It helps our bodies regulate blood sugar and keeps our hunger levels in check. Fiber has many health benefits and we can obtain fiber through food or supplements.

There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber can be dissolved in water. It has been shown to lower glucose and cholesterol levels. Insoluble fiber will not dissolve in water. It helps food to move more quickly through the digestive system and helps to regulate the body and prevent constipation. Insoluble fiber keeps an optimal pH level in the intestines by preventing microbes from producing substances that may cause cancer in the colon.

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Typically, Americans only consume 15 grams of fiber per day. Recommendations for adult men is 30 to 38 grams per day. Women should consume at least 21 to 25 grams of fiber per day. The recommendations for children, ages one to eight, is that children should consume at least 19-25 grams of fiber per day. Young teenage boys, under the age of 18, should consume at least 31-38 grams of fiber per day. Girls, under the age of 18, should consume at least 26 grams per day. Today, children can be given fiber gummies for kids to help meet the daily requirement. Adults can also include fiber gummies daily to meet their fiber requirement.

Having fiber in our diets helps reduce the risk of conditions. Daily intake of fiber can protect against heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels. Type 2 diabetes can be regulated with fiber by controlling blood sugar levels. Diverticular disease, or inflammation of the intestine, and constipation can be controlled with fiber intake by helping to speed up the elimination of toxins in the intestines. Research has been conducted and shows great promise for those who have asthma might have incurred fewer symptoms with increased fiber intake. Increasing fiber will also help to achieve a healthy weight and possibly live a longer life.

Fiber can be found in beans, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, pears, avocados, bananas, beets and carrots and fortified foods such as cereals. Soluble fiber can be found in oatmeal, nuts, beans, lentils, and apples. Insoluble fiber can be found in wheat, brown rice, legumes, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Supplements can be added to daily diets to help increase fiber intake. These supplements can bump up the levels in addition to food consumption.

The ways to obtain more fiber in our diets start with eating breakfast with at least 5 or more grams of fiber per day. Just adding some wheat bran to the morning breakfast cereal or oatmeal will help. Whole grains should be added to the daily diet by having at least 2 grams per serving. This can be switching to whole grain loaves of bread or cereals instead of white loaves of bread or sugared cereals. We should incorporate more legumes, lentils, fruits, and vegetables into our daily diets. It is recommended that at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables should be in our daily diet. Baked foods can be “bulked up,” with using whole grain flours, bran, or oatmeal in place of white flours and helps to increase our fiber intake. Snacking on nuts or dried fruits will also increase fiber intake. With all this increased fiber intake, drinking lots of water is encouraged to help aid the fiber through our systems. This helps to clean our digestive systems of the harmful substances that cause diseases.

By increasing the fiber in our diets, whether through food or supplements, fiber can help regulate our bodies and improve our health. Ideally, getting the proper fiber levels through consuming fiber-rich food is what we should be getting on a daily basis. This can be achieved by concentrating our diets on fiber-rich foods and using supplements as needed to obtain better health.


In the course of your lifetime, you have probably heard much on the benefits of eating yogurt for gut health simply because it is rich in probiotics. You were raised on the notion that probiotics can aid in digestion by restoring balance to the intestines and that may, indeed, be the case. Some people who don’t like yogurt, or choose not to eat it often enough or in sufficient quantity to be effective, might even be taking probiotic supplements.

With the right supplements, this is all well and good, but get the wrong supplements and you could literally be adding insult to injury. You may actually have a probiotic intolerance or you might be ingesting probiotics that send your system into overload. Here is some of what you should know about the link between histamine (the body’s response to allergens or injury) and probiotics.

A Word About Intolerance to Probiotics

Before going any further, it is important to understand how someone could possibly be intolerant to probiotics which are nothing more than proteins! Actually, did you know that allergens are proteins? From the foods we eat to the pollen and animal dander that causes the symptoms of allergies, the culprit is proteins in the substance. That’s the plain and simple truth.

Taking that one step further, consider the current confusion about gluten intolerance and how so many people have simply stopped eating bread or foods with wheat that contain gluten. Are you aware of the fact that gluten is the protein in wheat that gives bread its pliability and causes it to be soft and not grainy? Few people are actually gluten intolerant but experience symptoms because they consume way too much of this questionable substance. The same holds true of probiotics, and with less than 1% of the population truly probiotic intolerant, the symptoms of intolerance could very well stem from one or two issues.

The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly

Actually, there are good guys and bad guys like in any great crime mystery, and your job is to determine which probiotics are causing the symptoms you are experiencing. Sites like Vitamonk give a great explanation of which probiotics aid in gut health along with a list of those you should avoid. Check those on the taboo list and you will find that some or all of them are in the supplements you thought would aid in digestion.

Digestion isn’t the only issue you may be faced with when taking the wrong probiotics. Probiotics will trigger the body to produce histamines which counteract an allergic response or aid in the healing process when the body is injured. Unfortunately, those on the no-no list cause the body to produce too much histamine which starts a chain reaction that isn’t at all good. The body recognizes an invader and immediately begins producing even more histamine and this cycle continues until it is no longer tasked with digesting those probiotics. Those are the ones to avoid in supplements you take.

Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water!

In the end, you are likely to simply discard the notion of taking probiotics at all. That would be a grave mistake! The right probiotics found on sites like Vitamonk can trigger just the right amount of histamine to be produced. The ‘good guys’ will, indeed, foster gut health as well as reducing or eliminating the symptoms of allergies.

Your key takeaway here is that you’d be making a grave error in judgment if you throw the baby out with the bathwater. The ‘baby’ would be those beneficial probiotics and those are the ones you need. By all means take supplements, but only those considered to be low-histamine probiotics. Too much of a good thing or ingesting the wrong probiotics is just as bad (or worse!) than taking none at all. Go low-histamine and you are literally good to go.


If you’re concerned about your health, you probably read the label when buying groceries. It’s a great way to find out how much fat, salt, and sugar are in a product you’re putting in your body.

But often people buy cosmetics and skincare products based on what the pretty labels promise, not what the products actually contain. It’s understandable — many labels feature a dozen ingredients or more, and you probably don’t recognise half the words! But understanding skincare labels is important because your skin is absorbent and those ingredients could end up in your bloodstream.

So, here’s a handy 5-step guide to deciphering the ingredients list on skincare products so you can make healthy choices:

Step 1: Check concentration levels

Ingredients on skincare labels are listed in descending order of concentration. So, ingredients at the top are present in high concentrations, while those at the bottom might barely be present. To be listed at all, an ingredient must make up 2% or more of the product.

This is important to know because the part of the label that is marketing a product to you may conflict with its ingredients. If you’re thinking of buying a moisturiser because the label has pictures of macadamias on it, check the label. If macadamia oil is near the bottom of the list, there may only be a very small amount present.

Instead, you want to see the most potent ingredients at the top of the list!

Look our for toxic preservatives

Almost all skincare products contain water, so some kind of preservative is needed to prevent bacterial contamination.

One of the most common preservatives used is paraben. This is an estrogen-mimicking chemical that has been linked to increased breast cancer risk and potential reproductive problems for men. Keep an eye out for methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben — if you see those on the ingredients list, don’t buy.

It’s entirely possible to preserve skincare products without parabens. Natural skincare companies like Okana use weak acids to slow bacterial growth. Sometimes these preservatives don’t even need to be added because they occur naturally in other ingredients. For example, one of the preservatives in Okana’s Apple Juice Foaming Cleanser is an amino acid derived from apples.

Step 3: Learn a little Latin

There may be words on the ingredients list you don’t recognise. If they look like they could be spells from Harry Potter, they are probably Latin words. Generally, these are the scientific names for botanical ingredients. For example, hamamelis virginiana is American witch hazel and aloe barbedensis is a naturally growing aloe plant used make aloe vera.

Generally, natural ingredients like these are good but if you’re unsure your might want to check online For example, borago officinalis or star-flower can be used to treat a range of skin conditions but can also have harmful side effects for some people.

Step 4: Check chemical names

It’s easy to feel cautious when you see chemical names on an ingredients list, but don’t assume the worst straight away. After all, the scary-sounding dihydrogen monoxide is simply water, while sodium anisate is completely natural chemical obtained from anise and fennel.

But there are plenty of chemical names you should avoid. You can always look up ingredients on your phone if you’re unsure but a few key chemicals to look out for are:

  • Polyethylene glycol
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Aminophenol
  • Diaminobenzene
  • Phenylenediamine
  • Triclosan
  • Triclocarban
  • Petroleum distillates
  • Dibutyl phthalate
  • Toluene
  • Hydroquinone
  • Formaldehyde

Step 5: Avoid added fragrances

We all like nice smells, but when they’re created with artificial fragrances alarm bells should ring.

Some fragrances may be composed from essential oils or flower extracts, while others are cocktails of chemicals — including known carcinogens and irritants. The problem is, a regulatory loophole allows companies to avoid listing the actual ingredients that make the ‘fragrance’ listed in the label.

As with second-hand smoke, fragrances can be harmful to both users and bystanders, especially are in sprays or misting products. Immediate effects from chemical fragrances can include contact dermatitis and severe headaches, and long-term health risks are a real possibility.

Studies have found up to 4% of the general population are sensitized to typical fragrance ingredients. In New Zealand, that’s nearly a quarter of a million people!

Find a brand you can trust

If you want to spare yourself reading through ingredients lists every time you buy a skincare product, find a brand you can trust and stick to it. Okana is a great choice because the company is a committed natural skincare company that avoids thickeners, stabilizers, fragrances, and synthetic preservatives altogether.

In fact, Okana is one of the only skincare companies in the world to consistently use advanced self-preserving formulas and food-grade ingredients for mass production. Most Okana products contain just a handful of natural ingredients, so you get products that are potent and safe.


A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association recommended that all United States Doctors should be screening patients for alcohol abuse. This recommendation is an update from the previous guidance set forth in 2013 which stated that screening should take place if alcohol misuse was suspected.

Alcohol misuse, according to the previous study, was used to define a wide range of drinking behaviors including risky alcohol use, harmful alcohol use, and alcohol abuse or alcohol addiction.The most recent update to the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on alcohol screenings states that individuals that are suspected of any unhealthy alcohol use should be screened. The study found, “the net benefit of screening and brief behavioral counseling interventions for unhealthy alcohol use in adults, including pregnant women, is moderate.” Evidence from the study is insufficient to determine a balance between the benefits and harms associated with screening and brief counseling for unhealthy alcohol use in adolescents.

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Excluding the cost of providing assessment, the recommendations of the USPSTF that all doctors offer risk assessment screening for alcohol use, is based on both benefits and potential harms associated with the service.  Recognizing that clinical decisions often involve considerations versus evidence alone, the USPSTF recommends that clinicians make individual decisions as to screening necessity based on specific patient situations.

What is Considered Unhealthy Alcohol Use?

A standard drink, according to the CDC, “contains 0.6 ounces (14.0 grams or 1.2 tablespoons) of pure alcohol.” This is generally the amount of alcohol that is found in:

  • A 12-ounce beer.
  • An 8-ounce glass of malt liquor.
  • 5 ounces of wine.
  • 1.5 ounces or about a shot of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor such as vodka, whiskey, rum or gin.

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), hazardous use of alcohol occurs when an individual drinks to a point in which the use of alcohol increases the risk of future negative health consequences. Unfortunately, a worldwide consensus as to what constitutes risky drinking has yet to be reached. However, any alcohol use among pregnant women is considered unhealthy and potentially hazardous.

Consumption of more than 1 drink per day for women, or more than 2 drinks per day for men, is considered potentially unhealthy.  Excessive drinking can lead to dependence and physical withdrawal. Individuals that become addicted to alcohol often require professional alcohol detox to safely overcome the addiction.

Benefits of Physician Counseling for Alcohol Use Disorder

Although more research is necessary before the task force can fully attest as to the benefits of modest physician counseling or potential drawbacks of screening patients for alcohol use disorders, current data suggests that there are zero risks associated with such interventional treatment by physicians.

In fact, the only possible drawbacks found are related to the possible stigma related to drinking habits and differences between doctors in establishing clear guidelines as to what they consider to be “unhealthy habits.” Likewise, patients may feel that the intimacy of the patient-doctor relationship suffers as a result of the alcohol risk assessment, but the potential for this outcome hardly negates the recommendations imposed.

Early detection of alcohol use disorder, or potentially risky alcohol use, especially in pregnant women, leads to reduced unhealthy alcohol use and improved behaviors. As such, the USPSTF has found that brief behavioral counseling interventions in adults that screen positive for risky or unhealthy alcohol use increases the likelihood that alcohol use is reduced. Furthermore, in cases of pregnant women, counseling interventions increase the likelihood that women abstain from alcohol use during pregnancy.


The moment that you have your first child, your world changes. Suddenly, there is a new center of the universe and a new top priority. You want to give your son or daughter the best life possible, and you want to keep them happy, healthy, and connected to you and the rest of your family.

Raising a healthy child means regular visits to the pediatrician, healthy foods, opportunities for games and exercise, and all of the other things that you’re careful to provide in order to care for your child’s physical health. But, as you may well realize, physical health isn’t everything: We also need to care for the mental health of our children.

Caring for your child’s mind

Just as with physical health, achieving great mental health requires good everyday decisions. In fact, your child’s mental health relies on many of the same things that his or her physical health does. A great diet, plenty of exercise, and regular sleep patterns are all good for a person’s mental health, just as they are for a person’s physical health.

The support of a loving family matters enormously, too. Bring your family together for meals and other moments — and be a good example of work-life balance by taking family vacations. Heading down to Florida may not seem like a mental health treatment, but experts say that it actually is. There’s a ton of evidence to support that a relaxing day on the beach and a West Palm Beach sunset cruise can actually calm us down, lower our stress levels, make us happier (and even physically healthier), and return us to our daily lives feeling recharged and being measurably more productive at school or work.

Another key to great mental health is communication, and that’s particularly important to parents and children. Your child isn’t going to go set up his or her own mental health care appointment and drive him or herself there. You need to know what is going on in his or her head. Encourage healthy communication and know how to get your child to open up, so that you have a better chance of identifying mental health issues early instead of finding out later that your child hid them from you.

What to do when things go wrong

Mental health and physical health have a lot in common, but we don’t always recognize that. We can keep our child eating healthy foods and exercising, yet we won’t be surprised if our child comes down with a physical ailment. Can we appreciate the same truth about mental health?

The fact of the matter is that, while there is much that you can and should do to care for your child’s mental health, you can’t control everything. Mental health issues are very common, even among children, and especially among teens. If your child shows symptoms of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other common problems, don’t take it personally or blame yourself, but do take it seriously.

In situations like these, experts say, you should seek professional help. Seek out mental health care providers like psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists. Consider inpatient rehab, too, such as Polaris adolescent residential treatment centers for mental health issues. Sometimes, getting your child away from difficult situations and familiar settings can help enormously.

Just like physical health, mental health requires regular care. Also like physical health, it sometimes requires us to go to the doctor. When you make mental health a priority in your family, you’ll help your children live the life you want for them.


Ireland has been on my bucket list for years. And it is always the weather that stopped me. I have travelled through Scotland before and, despite being a wonderful trip, I also remember how it rained every day.

In the end, my curiosity about nature in Ireland outweighed my worries about the weather, and I decided to go backpacking in Ireland alone.

Are you also planning a backpacking trip to Ireland? Here is some first-hand advice.

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Plan your transport ahead

It may not sound as idyllic as this means you will need to have a travel itinerary, but the truth is Ireland is not that cheap, and the options of public transport are not available in huge numbers. Trains won’t bring you everywhere, but buses will. Unfortunately, during summer months these buses can be overly crowded, overbooked and very expensive.

Check the weather forecast.

Checking weather forecast is particularly good advice if you are planning to see the cliffs of Moher, and let’s be honest who doesn’t? Whether you are set on doing the long cliff walk or just a quick visit, it is best to keep this activity on a flexible schedule.

The reason is you don’t want to see the cliffs in poor weather conditions with low visibility. I stayed for two days in the region of the cliffs and went for the best day. It was still raining in the morning, but I got blue skies in the afternoon.

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Unfortunately, I forget about the excellent advice when booking the boat trip along the cliffs. Let’s say my views were limited to hanging overboard and seeing the water surface.  So it is always a good idea to visit Ireland during the best season and don’t forget to check the weather forecast.

Get a heritage card

If you are the type of backpacker that loves visiting ancient and historical attractions then we recommend purchasing a heritage cord. Heritage Card costs about 25 euros and will save you lots of money as it offers free entrance to all fee-paying heritage sites in Ireland. Even if you are only visiting Burren National Park, Skellig Michael and a few castles it’s already worth the money.

Get Backpacker Travel Insurance

Getting sick, loss of luggage or items, cancellation of the flight. Many things can go wrong when backpacking Ireland alone. Don’t let this ruins your trip and get backpack travel insurance in advance. Travel insurance from the trusted Ireland Insurance Company will cover most undesirable costs and will give you peace of mind.

Cheap Accommodation

A lot in Ireland is aimed at students, including the accommodations that you can use when you go backpacking. There are youth hostels everywhere, with common rooms that are quite affordable. You can make contact here with other young people from all over the world. Two great reasons if you are backpacking Ireland alone.

If you are hoping to get a bit more luxury, there is the option to sleep in one of the many hotels or a bed & breakfast or a guest house. All these accommodations have their star rating, which runs from 1 to 5 stars.


The way we live says a lot about us. Lifestyle means a lot to us and is about more than how much fun you’re having or how much work you’re getting done. It also has a profound effect on your mental health.

That’s why it’s smart to take a step back and examine your own lifestyle. How is it helping your mental health? How it is hurting? The consequences of a lifestyle that runs counter to your mental health interests can be severe, so take action and build a better, healthier life.

Is your lifestyle good for you?

Everyday, we make decisions (or follow through on powerful habit loops) that affect our mental health, whether we realize it or not. And, over time, these decisions can add up to a complete mental health picture — for better or for worse. Let’s take a closer look at your lifestyle.

Mental health and physical health are much more closely connected than many of us realize, and a poor diet and lack of exercise can bring down your mood and make you more vulnerable to all kinds of common mental health conditions.

Consider stress. What about your environment — including your home, your commute, and your work environment — might contribute to higher stress levels? What about your work, your career, and your current work-life balance (or lack thereof) might be raising your stress?

What about the place that you live in? Big cities with competitive work environments tend to lead to higher stress levels, so residents of places such as Washington, D.C., may want to be more proactive about their mental health than others, expert DC therapists point out — though they emphasize that virtually anyone can benefit from therapy.

Are you seeking treatment for any mental health issues? Are you in therapy? You probably visit the doctor regularly for physical checkups — do you do the same for your mind?

What a rough lifestyle can do to your mind

All of the questions and concerns above are important because, if you’re not careful, your wrong answers could lead to serious mental health problems.

Anxiety disorders are, when taken together, the most common form of mental health issues. They can be triggered and exacerbated by stress — the same sort of stress that is caused by your lack of work-life balance or your busy, competitive life in a big city like Washington, D.C.

Depression is common, too, and it can be worsened by the low moods you’ll experience when you fail to get proper nutrition or exercise regularly.

And other, less common mental health issues can arise from environmental factors — including basic, ongoing lifestyle decisions — too. So get smart and change your life.

Building a better life

The idea of changing your whole lifestyle to improve your mental health can be overwhelming. But you don’t have to do all of this at once, and reprogramming habit loops for the better will help you achieve long-term, sustainable change.

Tackle bad habits first, and start fighting for the little things that will improve your mental health, such as a vacation or a rule against answering emails after hours. Leave a bit earlier to make your big-city commute less stressful. Aim for sustainable changes — rather than crash diets — and try adding vegetables in and swapping out a few unhealthy favorites for healthier options. And, above all, get some professional help. Your mental health is an important dimension of your overall health, and it deserves the same professional care that you’d give your physical health.


A medical malpractice attorney or a Miami medical misdiagnosis attorney protects you when a medical professional or a institution handled your case with negligence. Medical malpractice is a very common but a lot of people feel overwhelmed because they have been hurt by the very same person that set out to help them.

If you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice at the hands of a doctor, a nurse, or an institution, you have every right to receive compensation for additional medical expenses you have to go through to sort out the new problems created by this negligence.

But proving a doctor or a medical institution is a very tricky business. Doctors and institutions have a strong legal team that protects them against cases of medical malpractice. This is why if you believe you have been hurt by a doctor’s negligence, you should seek help from a medical malpractice lawyer in Miami.

Here are 2 top reasons why should hire a medical misdiagnosis attorney today.

Getting help from a medical malpractice lawyer is a lot of relief from the stress you may have gotten from the negligence of the doctor. These professionals have specialized knowledge about negligence law which they apply to your case in order to help you win the the case against giant medical institutions and popular doctors. With a medical negligence lawyer on your side, here are some of the most common benefits you’ll enjoy.

Get the Full Compensation You Deserve

Insurance companies have strong legal teams that try to reduce the expenses of the company by making sure that compensation stays limited, no matter what the case is. And no matter how hard you try, you cannot convince them until you have a professional negotiator on your side.

As it turns out, medical malpractice attorneys are perfect negotiators that do so well to win an argument that they almost always get you more compensation that you could ever imagine. This is why having one at your side in such a case is so important.

Higher Chances of Winning a Case

So you have decided to sue a medical institution or a doctor with accusations of medical malpractice? How do you know that you have a solid case against them? Just being injured by the doctor isn’t enough to help you win the case, it requires good knowledge of the medical system as well as the negligence law.

Lawyers have spent years studying negligence law and they practice it every day in the court to help victims like you. With one at your side, you can be certain that you’ll have high chances of winning the case as opposed to going out there alone.

Just like any other legal battle, you should always pick your attorney very carefully. No matter what the case is or how strong the opponent is, an experienced and talented lawyer will make a huge difference. This is why when you are hiring a lawyer, never be hesitant to ask them about their experience and achievements.


Staying healthy requires us to eat well, exercise, take the right medicines and supplements, and regularly visit our doctors. But these aren’t all things that we do consciously. If we had to check our schedules every time we ate an apple or ran a mile, we’d never do any of that stuff. In reality, of course, health is built on habits.

Our habits are incredibly powerful. They’re what we do when we’re not thinking. And when we’ve managed to shape our habits in a positive way, we achieve a healthy long-term lifestyle.

That’s a gift that we can share. We can dedicate our lives — and our careers — to the healthy habits and products that have made such an enormous difference in our own lives. Here’s how.

The health and lifestyle industry

Businesses are started with purposes. If you’re a health nut with the mind of an entrepreneur, your calling may lie with the health and lifestyle industry.

You can’t take other people’s supplements for them or do their exercise routine for them, but you can help them — while also making a few bucks for yourself. In the health and lifestyle industry, you can guide customers to great healthy products, supplements, and solutions.

The health and lifestyle space is a great choice for small-business owners and entrepreneurs. These sorts of businesses are things that you can run out of your own home. Start-up costs and overhead are manageably low. And the potential for real earnings is definitely there. Americans are waking up to the consequences of years of unhealthy living, and we’re seeing more and more trends that indicate just how drawn people are to exercise options, diet choices, health supplements, and other related solutions, services, and products.

If that sounds like your kind of thing, then you’ll want to read on.

Getting started

Starting a business is never easy. Health and lifestyle businesses are no exception.

Before you get started, you’ll need a business plan. You need to work hard on your plan and do your research carefully and extensively. Before you put your money and your future on the line, you need to know your business’ target customer base, long-term goals, and immediate financial situation.

Work with an attorney to set your business up properly. Making your business a legal entity can help to insulate you from potential financial stresses your business could encounter. It will also make life a whole lot easier — and whole lot less expensive — at tax time.

You’ll also need the right business partners. Running a store that offers supplements or branding products online does not require you to make your own vitamins in your basement (please don’t do this). You’re going to partner with supplement manufacturers and suppliers. They’ll keep you stocked with healthy products and, in many cases, can even help you brand your products. Your customers will know your brand, and you’ll know that they’re getting the finest supplements and health products.

Finding your purpose

The health and lifestyle industry is a unique place to be in. You’ll be working to make money, just like everyone else, but your purpose will be greater than that. For those of us who dedicate our lives to helping our customers live healthier, each day on the job matters. You’ll still have tough days, of course, and regular business concerns. But the entrepreneurs, managers, manufacturers, and others who make their living in health and lifestyle products can know in their hearts that their work is making life better for others, and that’s a truly wonderful thing.


If you or someone you know was a victim of medical malpractice, you know how devastating and overwhelming these circumstances can be. You might lose time, money, and functions you have otherwise grown accustomed to having.

Many people think they can file a lawsuit against a physician for anything they feel they did wrong. But the truth is that there are specific requirements for a case to be considered malpractice and qualify for a hearing.

Breach of standard of care

Failure to deliver standard of care is one of the most important elements in determining whether or not an incident is malpractice. It’s an often misunderstood legal term that basically means the patient was treated with acceptable medical care by competent health care professionals. And if it can be proven that this was not the case, then it might be possible to bring a lawsuit for against the individual or establishment responsible.


But breach of standard of care is not enough to present a case. The patient must also prove that the physician or institution was negligent in doing so. They must prove that their pain, injury, or death (in the case of a family suing on behalf of a loved one) was the direct result of negligence.

For example, let’s say there is a treatment available that has been very successful with a certain type of cancer. If a physician knows about it and does not use it, he or she could be liable if the patient suffers in any way as a result.

While malpractice laws vary slightly from country to country, negligence is a fairly standard criteria for warranting a lawsuit. This means California lawyers and Kamloops lawyers, for instance, would be looking for the exact same evidence to build a case against a medical professional when there is suspected malpractice.


If both breach of care and negligence is found in a medical situation, it must then be proven that they resulted in significant damages. In some cases, even small amounts of damages can be approved for litigation. But the legal fees to pursue it may not be worth the effort.

Damages can be broken down into economic and noneconomic categories. And either one is allowable for recovery, provided they meet all the criteria. Economic losses might include lost wages, medical expenses, funeral expenses, etc. And noneconomic damages can be things like mental anguish, disfigurement, death, or anything else that diminishes the patient’s quality of life.

Examples of medical malpractice

One example of medical malpractice that could likely meet all the above criteria is a misdiagnosis. For example, say a patient goes to the emergency room with symptoms of a heart attack, but the attending physician fails to run the appropriate tests. If this patient ends up actually suffering a heart attack, the doctor could be held responsible. In this case, you can clearly identify neglect and breach of standard of care.

Another example could be medication errors. Let’s say someone who just finished a medical assistant diploma program gave a patient in his care the wrong dosage of medicine. If the patient becomes ill because of this mistake, the caregiver will probably be liable. But in this situation, the case becomes a bit trickier.

For one thing, there are very few medical professionals actually trained and allowed to administer medication. Many facilities do hire medication aides with only certificates for this task. But if the person who made this error was not trained, his supervisor and possibly attending physician will also be held responsible.


With several dental secrets floating around the internet, there has been a rise in the number of cheap dental implant providers in London and other locations up and down the UK which are becoming more and more popular. This is due to the amazing results that they provide at a significantly lower cost. Here we are going to look at some of the other well-kept secrets that you need to know before your next visit to the dentist.

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You Don’t Need To Visit Every Six Months

One of the secrets that dentists will never tell you is that you do not need to visit the dentist every six months, but rather once every year- this is only if your oral hygiene is as up to date! It is important that you visit the dentist as quickly as possible if you are feeling any discomfort as this could be the beginning signs of a much bigger issue.  

Oil Pulling Does Work

Another secret that dentists will never tell you is that oil pulling does work. This unorthodox method of whitening teeth is often glossed over by dentists who would much rather you opt for a conventional tooth whitening method in their office which could cost you significantly more. This is an at-home treatment that uses oils such as coconut oil to gradually remove the stains from your teeth without the use of harsh chemicals or even a visit to the dentist. With some simple online research, you can undertake an oil pulling treatment at home completely risk-free.

Fluoride Is Not All Bad

Many sources have been reporting on the use of fluoride in oral hygiene for several years with differing results. Although it is scientifically proven that too much fluoride can be harmful to the teeth, it has also been proven that a little amount of fluoride can gradually strengthen the teeth and help to strengthen enamel. This small amount of fluoride can be found in specialised mouthwash and can be added to your every day routine with ease. This is vital as this ensures that you have the fluoride that you need to keep the teeth health without using to much.

Fish tanks Are There To Calm The Patient

The fish tank that you often see in the dentist isn’t just for decoration. This fish tank is most likely there to calm the patients in the waiting room by creating a calming environment. With a combination of bright coloured fish and the calming whir of the pump, this can help to calm those that are waiting whilst creating a calming environment post-treatment. This is particularly beneficial for those that fear the dentist as this is a distraction tactic to help calm the patient and ensure that they are feeling as relaxed as possible both before and after.

Each of these are top tips that your dentists do not want you to know and are something that you can look out for on your next trip.


According to a recent research, published in the journal Brain, millions of elderly people have a form of dementia that has been misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease.

One expert called it the most important dementia finding in years.

The condition, limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy, or Late, shares similar symptoms to Alzheimer’s, but it is a distinct disease.

The new discovery may partly explain why finding a dementia cure has failed so far.

Dementia is not a single disease, but is the name for a group of symptoms that include problems with memory and thinking.

There are lots of different types of dementia and Alzheimer’s is said to be the most common and most researched.

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However, up to a third of Alzheimer’s in elderly people may instead be Late, says the international team of researchers, although both dementias can co-exist.

The newly discovered dementia appears to affect the “oldest old” – people over 80 – according to the work that looked at evidence from thousands of post-mortem results.

One in five in this age group has it, meaning the public health impact of the disease will be large, say the researchers.

Unlike Alzheimer’s, Late tends to cause a more gradual decline in memory, they believe.

Currently, there is no specific single test for dementia.

Signs of it can sometimes be seen in the brain after death.

Late appears to be linked to the accumulation of a certain protein, TDP-43, in the brain, while Alzheimer’s is linked to two other brain proteins – amyloid and tau.

Scientists have been striving to find a cure for dementia, but with so many different types and causes of the disease, the goal has proved difficult.

Trials of drugs to reduce proteins in the brain that were thought to cause Alzheimer’s have failed.

There have been no effective new treatments and some pharmaceutical companies have dropped out of the dementia drug race.

According to researchers, having a better understanding of Late might lead to the discovery of new treatments.


This fungal infection is such a nuisance but there are effective ways to deal with it.

You may think that ringworm is caused by a worm but that is not the case. It is actually caused by a fungus and it gets the name ringworm from the shape it forms when it develops on the skin. Ringworm is characterized by a circular rash on the skin that has distinct edges. It looks like a worm that has its ends joined to form a ring and as such, the infection has come to be identified as ringworm.

It is common in school going children but it can also be found in adults who don’t uphold the best hygiene practices. It is spread through contact with an infected surface and it appears on different parts of the body. Clothes and surfaces such as locker rooms and bathrooms harbour the fungus and one can easily catch it after coming into contact with the infected surfaces.

It is common in people who have compromised immune systems. It spreads easily among groups of people who spend a lot of time together and such as families and athletes since there is a long of skin to skin contact.

A mother can easily get it from her child when she is breastfeeding and an athlete can get it from another when they share clothing in the changing room.

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Treatment for Ringworm

Ring worm is quite irritating but the good thing is that it doesn’t come with harsh complications. The ringworm rash can be treated with topical creams and it will gradually disappear. However, when the ringworm develops on the scalp, topical treatments will not be ideal as such treatments do not penetrate the scalp properly for effective treatment.

In such a case, you will require oral antifungal medications that are more intensive than topical creams. The treatment will take approximately 6 weeks but it will help clear the infection once and for all.

Transmission from Animals

Ringworm is one of the diseases that humans share with animals and as such, one can get it from coming into contact with an infected animal. Pets such as cats and dogs are known to suffer ringworm infections and the fungus will get to you when you pet or play with them. Cows also bear the infection and you can get infected with ringworm when you come into contact with an infected cow.

How to Prevent Ringworm

The best way to prevent the spread of ringworm is by observing high levels of hygiene. You should also avoid sharing your clothing and personal items with others as this is the easiest way to get the infection transferred to you.

Parents should make sure that kids don’t share caps with their friends as they can easily get the fungus transferred to their scalps.

You should also avoid contact with infected animals. Monitor your pets for signs of ringworm and get them treated so as to prevent the infection from spreading in your home.

When you or any other member in your home gets ringworm, seek medical attention immediately so as to prevent its spread.


Whether you are planning to go on camping with your friends or family, rotten food and warm drinks are the last things that you’ll want on your trip. Camping fridges from CampSmart can be one of the most effective tools to make sure your food stays fresh and your drinks cool when you need them. A camping fridge can easily set you back with a bill of $350 to $2,500 depending on its size and brand.

To buy the best camping fridge as a part of your caravan and camping accessories, you’ll need to know exactly how you’ll use it. Some important questions that should come to your mind include ‘how many people will be using the fridge’, ‘how much time do you plan to spend on your camping trip’ and ‘how big is your vehicle’.

This camping fridge buying guide will help you pick the best fridge out there for your family camping trip.

The Types of Camping Fridges

Before you start your research into buying brand new camping fridges from CampSmart, it is a good idea to learn about what kind of fridges are available. Ideally, there are fridges that have two-way compressor and fridges that have three-way absorption. The biggest difference between the two is that the compressor fridge requires electric power which can be your car battery, whereas absorption fridges can run on an electric power source or gas.

How to Buy The Best Camping Fridge

When looking for a camping fridge, you must consider your budget, the size of your family, and any particular features you need in the camping fridge. Here are some key points you must consider before buying a camping fridge.

The Cost of Camping Fridge

Camping fridges can be bought anywhere from $350 to $ 2,500 depending on its size, type, and brand. When you have figured out the things you need in the fridge, then look for it under your budget.

The Size of The Camping Fridge

Size matters a lot when it comes to camping fridges. But keep in mind the larger the fridge is, the more space it will take on your vehicle. You should consider the size of the fridge based on these factors:

The size of the group – The more the people on the trip, the larger the fridge you’ll need.

The length of the trip – The longer you intend to spend outside, the more space you’ll need in your fridge. Bigger size are especially effective when you are traveling to remote areas with no shops to restock supplies.

The type of food you’ll be bringing – If you are a fan of fresh food, then you’ll need a fridge that is able to carry that food.

The size of your vehicle – Does your car have enough space to carry a big fridge? Consider this if you have a small car with limited space.

With these considerations in mind, you should easily be able to find the best camping fridge out there with affordability in mind.


May is the time when we look at the mental health problems that are affecting the nation. Mental Health Awareness Month helps us realize that we have quite a ways to go when it comes to taking care of the mental health of us and people around us. Whether we are having problems with ourselves, a family member, or anybody in our lives, talking to an online counselor can help.

With that said, some people don’t want to see a therapist in person. That’s why online options have been growing in popularity. Here are some reasons why online therapy has been growing in popularity.

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Everyone Has a Way to Communicate

It used to be that a cell phone was a luxury item. Nowadays, most have the ability to take out their phone and communicate with a professional.

People communicate in different ways too. Some people love to talk with their own voice, while others express themselves via text. Some like a video conversation. Online counseling offers all three of those, and odds are, you have a device that can perform every option possible. Most have service that allows for an online video call. No longer do you have to deal with stuttering video or a dropped call.

You Can Find a Better Fit

There are many therapists out there, and not every therapist is a good fit for you. Some therapists can be great at their job, but their style just doesn’t click with you. You may have preferences with age, gender, or type of therapy they offer. In real life, there are fewer options, it seems. When it comes to online therapy though, there are a lot more options and more ways to be matched up with a therapist who is right for you.

Therapy on Your Schedule

With 24 hour jobs and people who make their own schedules, a traditional therapist’s hours are sometimes not doable. Online therapy allows you to be matched up with a therapist who has plenty of experience and can talk to you on your schedule. This is great for people who work odd hours or college students who just can’t seem to find enough time in the day. We say to try that and see how it works for you.

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Immediate Counseling

We understand that some people need help right now. Maybe they are having a massive panic attack and need a professional to remind them how to calm down. Perhaps they are having an argument with their spouse and need someone who can deescalate the situation. No matter the reason, life doesn’t allow you to wait until the next day. Online therapy can connect you with a therapist who can calm you down or help you recover when you’re at your weakest, which is always important.

Therapy at All Levels

There are online therapists for everyone. People who just need someone to talk to, people who have mild depression, and even people who have severe mental health issues can benefit. There are different therapists for all levels of mental illness, and they provide various techniques that can help you when you’re at your most vulnerable.

Seek Help!

If you are dealing with a mental health problem, talking to a professional and receiving the right kind of help is the most important thing you can do. We cannot stress that enough. Talk to a counselor, either in person or online, and see how you can deal with all the problems life throws at you.

If you want to look into the world of online therapy, click here: https://www.regain.us/advice/therapist/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-online-therapy/


A recent analysis, published in Lancet, found that people’s daily diet is a bigger killer than smoking and is now involved in one in five deaths around the world.

According to the study, salt – whether in bread, soy sauce or processed meals – shortened the highest number of lives.

Researchers say this study is not about obesity, but “poor quality” diets damaging hearts and causing cancer.

An influential study shows that the food we eat is putting 11 million of us into an early grave each year.

The Global Burden of Disease Study is the most authoritative assessment of how people are dying in every country in the world.

The latest analysis used estimates of countries’ eating habits to pin down how often diet was shortening lives.

The dangerous diets were those containing:

  1. Too much salt – 3 million deaths
  2. Too few whole grains – 3 million deaths
  3. Too little fruit – 2 million deaths

According to the study results, low levels of nuts, seeds, vegetables, omega-3 from seafood and fiber were the other major killers.


About 10 million out of the 11 million diet-related deaths were because of cardiovascular disease and that explains why salt is such a problem.

Too much salt raises blood pressure and that in turn raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Salt can also have a direct effect on the heart and blood vessels, leading to heart failure when the organ does not work effectively.

Japan and China have curiously contrasting fortunes that reflect their changing relationship with salt.

China consumes enormous amounts of salt with soy and other salty sauces being a key part of the country’s cuisine.

The rising popularity of processed foods is introducing yet more salt to their diet. It has the highest death rate because of salt of any country.

Bad diets

Whole grains, fruit and vegetables have the opposite effect – they are “cardioprotective” and lower the risk of heart problems.

Cancers and type 2 diabetes made up the rest of the diet-related deaths.

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According to the study, the healthy foods missing from the most diets around the world were nuts and seeds.

The huge fat versus sugar debate and the link between red and processed meats with cancer have attracted huge headlines in recent years.

Although, the study did show too many fizzy drinks were being drunk in every corner of the world.

The researchers say it is time for health campaigns to switch from talking about nutrients like fat and sugar and instead promote healthy foods.

Bad diets are knocking a couple of years off life expectancies around the world, according to the researchers.

Mediterranean countries, particularly France, Spain and Israel, have some of the lowest numbers of diet-related deaths in the world.

Countries in South East, Southern and Central Asia are at the opposite end of the spectrum.

  • Israel has the lowest diet-related deaths – 89 per 100,000 people a year
  • Uzbekistan has the highest diet-related deaths – 892 per 100,000 people a year

Rockland County, New York, has declared a state of emergency following a severe outbreak of measles.

The county, on the Hudson River north of NYC, has barred unvaccinated children from public spaces after 153 cases were confirmed.

Violating the order will be punishable by a fine of $500 and up to six months in prison.

The announcement follows other outbreaks of the disease in California, Texas, Washington, and Illinois.

Vaccination rates have dropped steadily all over the country with many parents objecting for philosophical or religious reasons, or because they believe discredited information that vaccines cause autism in children.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day said: “We will not sit idly by while children in our community are at risk.

“This is a public health crisis and it is time to sound the alarm.”

According to the New York Times, the outbreak in Rockland County is largely concentrate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. It is believed it could have spread from other predominantly ultra-Orthodox areas around New York which have already seen outbreaks of measles.

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Ed Day said health inspectors had encountered “resistance” from some local residents, which he branded “unacceptable and irresponsible”.

“They’ve been told <<We’re not discussing this, do not come back>> when visiting the homes of infected individuals as part of their investigations,” he said.

According to the CDC, there are 314 cases of measles currently reported in the US, with nearly half of those coming from Rockland County. The authorities had been making steady progress in encouraging religious communities to immunize children but communication had broken down in the last month.


The term hair transplant relates to a surgical procedure that uses sophisticated techniques to remove hairs from one area of the scalp and replace them in locations where clients are suffering thinning hair or baldness.

About hair transplants

The hair transplant procedure is ideal for men or women with pattern baldness conditions as a result of androgenetic alopecia or to treat scars due to burns or injuries.

Hair transplants are unsuitable for hair loss caused by alopecia aerate.

Deciding to have a hair transplant

Deciding to go for a hair transplant is not easy, and you should consider all the options beforehand. This is particularly the case for anybody who has had pattern baldness for some time. After all, a hair transplant will be a permanent alteration to your looks.

Of course, experiencing hair loss can be a traumatic experience for many men and women. So, opting for cosmetic procedures is one way to make a lifelong adjustment to your appearance. It can have very positive effects on some people and lead to renewed vigor and happiness.

Costs of hair transplants

Hair transplants do vary in cost tremendously, the NHS website states that a procedure can cost from £1,000 to £30,000 and these costs are reflective of the total area needing to be transplanted, as well as the surgical teams and clinics offering services of this nature.

What is the best solution?

If you decide to go for a hair transplant in the UK, you can check out the clinics offering this type of service on the website of the Quality Care Commission. They inspect these clinics and hospitals on a regular basis and offer performance ratings to enable patients to choose the best hair transplant clinic to suit their requirements.

You can also find out more about different surgeons online and discover how much experience they have in offering the hair transplant solutions you’re seeking and the numbers of operations they have conducted.

Many people opt for hair transplants overseas and Turkey is a very popular medical tourism destination for cosmetic procedures of this nature. If you decide to arrange your hair transplant in Turkey, you should check out the vera clinic   and also find out just what services  you will receive.

What does hair transplant entail?

You usually only require local anesthetic for hair transplants, so you will be awake throughout the entire procedure. You can expect procedures to take between six and 12 hours in total.

The two main procedures for hair transplant are FUT and FUE:

– FUT (follicular unit transplantation) involves the removal of a strip of skin with hairs from the sides or back of your head. These strips are then cut into hair grafts which have about two hairs. The grafts are inserted into bald or thinning patches of your scalp by way of small incisions.

– FUE (follicular unit extraction) is a technique which removes individual hairs from your scalp and these are then transplanted into incisions in the bald areas of the scalp.

You don’t generally need an overnight stay in a hospital or clinic following a hair transplant procedure; however, you should be offered aftercare services by your provider.

Where very large areas of the scalp are being transplanted, you may need further sessions a few months down the line.

There is no real pain involved in hair transplants once the local anesthetic has taken effect, although some patients complain of some discomfort. Additional pain relief can be supplied at the time if needed.

Recovering from hair transplant procedures

You should not drive straight after a hair transplant procedure, as the anesthetics or sedatives may take up to 24 hours to leave the body.

It’s usual to take some time off work, but most people don’t take more than three days at the most.

It takes around 14 days for the hair graft transplants to secure into the scalp fully, so you should be careful in the initial couple of weeks. After this, just follow your normal hair and skin care routines, although high-level exercising within the first month of transplants can increase risks of scarring.


Almost everyone agrees that physical well being should be a top priority no matter what. That isn’t surprising. The controversy often begins only when financing medical intervention is necessary. Most of us are already at a major disadvantage because America has an exceedingly pricey healthcare system. Sarah Kliff and Soo Oh at Vox publicized as much last year. They visualized several cost comparisons between the US and other developed nations. The data is sobering. With the exception of colonoscopies and CT scans, Americans paid more, on average, for standard procedures than did any of their counterparts elsewhere.

The authoring duo clearly emphasized how our domestic policies are in large part to blame. “Most other countries have some central body that negotiates prices with hospitals and drug manufacturers,” they explained. “The US doesn’t have that type of agency.” We instead rely on fragmented insurance companies to negotiate prices independently with hospitals, doctors, and the pharmaceutical industry. It should stand to reason that those players and institutions are working in our best interests yet the evidence suggests otherwise.

Journalists aren’t the only ones revealing a dire need for policy reform. Institutions world renowned for breakthrough research have gotten involved, too. For instance, Karen Feldscher at The Harvard Gazette promoted a joint study conducted by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Economics. According to the researchers, “the study confirmed that the US has substantially higher spending, worse population health outcomes, and worse access to care than other wealthy countries.” They identified the main culprits as excessive administrative costs, absurd average salaries, and the per capita spending on pharmaceutical drugs.

Don’t forget that the GOP remains hellbent on dismantling as much of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) as possible. It’s hard to fathom how or why any politician could justify an initiative that denies people access to affordable healthcare while simultaneously letting insurers apply questionable discretion over coverage. Some states are fortunately fighting back while their counterparts elsewhere play right along. That means adequate healthcare coverage is now often dependent on where we live.

Nisarg Patel at Slate openly despaired over that exact phenomenon last summer. “As blue states are building their own path towards universal coverage,” wrote Nisarg. “Red states have remained on course with the Trump administration, imposing work requirements on Medicaid recipients and deregulated insurance markets.” Countless Americans have, as a result, now found themselves dangerously underinsured or tragically uninsured. Either way, there is still almost no escaping the medical industrial complex. Successfully navigating the healthcare system is itself a cumbersome undertaking despite the urgency required for numerous medical conditions and/or disorders.

The elderly are regularly the victim of our complicated healthcare system. Many sometimes struggle with cognitive functions essential to the due diligence and decision-making process. Add into the mix the fact that things like Medicare Annual Enrollment and Medicaid reimbursements are frequently time-sensitive. Access to reliable public resources has certainly never been better, but utilizing them inherently presupposes sufficient health literacy and cognitive function–neither of which is guaranteed.

The above dilemma hasn’t gone unnoticed, especially when it comes to the first factor. Scholars at Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Center on Society and Health declared education necessary for improving healthcare outcomes. According to them, “healthcare has a bigger impact for people with limited education than for those with more education.” Most of us focus exclusively on medical interventions when the data indicates that they only account for about 20% of outcomes. Contrast that with higher education, which has a disproportionate influence on long-term health outcomes plus a wide array of other benefits.

Suffice it to say that preserving our health and well being isn’t as easy as it ought to be. Overcoming obstacles is the reality for many Americans regardless of lifestyle. Defying the status quo is the only way to ensure the future is different.


There are plenty of reasons why people are switching from traditional cigarettes to electronic smoking devices. There’s no ash, no tar, and based on scientific research, they’re less harmful to your health, too. The e-devices and the flavorful juices taste and smell wonderful, and smokers get to choose their preferred level of nicotine. That’s something that’s hard to do with a cigarette.

Did you know the American Cancer Society, a worldwide renowned expert on the negative health consequences of smoking, has deemed e-cigarettes less harmful than their original combustible counterparts? Today’s top health organizations are exploring how these popular alternatives affect people’s health, as well as how vaporization works in these devices and the science behind what’s going on inside your e-cigarette.

If you’re like any new hobbyist, or you simply want to learn more about this booming trend, you probably have many questions. To help lead you through all the hype, we’ve developed a helpful infographic that delves deep into the science behind vaping. You’ll learn about vaporization, ingredients, and so much more.

What Is Vaporization?

If you’ve been in the vape scene for any time at all, you’ve heard the buzz about vaporization. What is it, and what does it have to do with your overall electronic smoking experience? Learn how it’s your vape pen’s job to change liquid into steam rapidly.

What Are the Different Components of an E-Device?

Your inquiring mind wants to know more than just the science behind vaporization. If you enjoy tinkering, then you’ll enjoy figuring out how to take your device apart. Our guide goes over the basic parts that make up your pen and what each piece does in the process. Maybe one day, you’ll be building and replacing your own coils.

The Atomizer

The atomizer is where the magic really happens. Learn how the wick and the e-liquid work together to deliver delicious flavor and the voluminous clouds most vapers are after. Just like the name implies, this handy piece of equipment turns your favorite vape juice into a fine mist. You’ll learn what happens next when you browse our enlightening guide.

What’s in Vape Juice?

Our infographic will shine a light on the various ingredients in your favorite vape juice and the role each plays in delivering the best vaping experience. This illuminating visual breaks down the difference between vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol and why their concentration matters to the average vaper.

Temperature Troubles

Let’s not stop there. There is a ton more science to unearth, such as temperature. What temperature works the best with which ingredients? Learn how to avoid burning wicks, and uncover where vape juice gets converted to liquid.

Determine Ratios and Ohms

For those hardcore hobbyists that really want to dig into the science of vaping, learn about ohms and how resistance makes a difference inside your vape pen. You’ll find out which blends lead to which results, and so much more.

Take a look at our infographic now. You want information, and we’ve got it.


According to World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” (1)

Keeping the balance

The old Latin phrase “mens sana in corpore sano” (“a healthy mind in a healthy body”) emphasizes the importance of the physical exercise in keeping the mental well-being. There are studies that show how a healthy eating habit and regular exercise can help to maintain the balance of mental and physical health.

Regular and healthy meals, proper exercises, getting enough sleep, finding a vocation, and a fulfilling relationship, seeing a movie, listening to the music, reading a book, hanging out with friends, taking a trip, getting a massage, or getting a hug, stroking a pet, having a hobby remain the basic methods to cope with stress, but sometimes is not enough, or may seem hard to achieve.

In our world full with stressors of all kinds, school or work responsibilities, unemployment, financial problems, family duties, family troubles, divorce, the search for a partner, the break-ups, losing a loved one, or a physical illness can prevent us from doing regular exercises, due to lack of time, lack of motivation, lack of physical strength.

Signs you may need to talk to a physician or a therapist

If you often find yourself not feeling in the mood to get out, or you don’t want to be part of social activities, if your mood swings are frequent, and the feelings of sadness, fear, worry are persistent, if you experience memory loss and confusion, delusions, or hallucinations, these might be signs of a mental condition. Other symptoms may include: eating or sleeping disorders, a decrease of school or work performances, inability to cope with daily activities, substance abuse, unexplained physical ailments, defiance of authority, truancy, theft, or vandalism. (2)

Mental health therapists

The first step is to see your general practitioner, he or she might give you a referral to a mental health therapist: a psychologist, a clinical counselor, a psychoanalyst, or a psychiatrist.

The psychiatrists diagnose and treat condition like schizophrenia, dementia, depression, anxiety, sleeping disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder. They prescribe medication, but do not offer counseling, generally they work with a psychologist or a counselor.

The psychologists diagnose and treat conditions like relationship problems, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, learning difficulties. They are allowed to prescribe medication only in a few states, but they usually work with a psychiatrist.

There are all kind of counselors: marital and family therapists, career counselors, relationship counselor, drama therapist, or speech therapist, or counselors who work with social care to help people with disabilities.

If you have a mild mental condition, a counselor can help you to cope with it, offering guidance for you to explore your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. If you suffer from a mental disorder, you will be referred to a psychologist or to a psychiatrist. At BetterHelp you can find therapists from many states and with a wide range of specializations. Also you can find a lot of useful information about mental health.

Be careful, if you are in a crisis, if you want to hurt yourself or to hurt other people, or someone else shows these symptoms, do not use the internet, call 911 for urgent help.

  1. https://www.who.int/features/factfiles/mental_health/en/
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health-resources#types-of-providers


Telehealth and telemedicine are considered synonymous. In both situations it’s about the physical distance between the patient and the health care provider. Both uses information and communication technologies to deliver and exchange medical information (or any kind of data related to health) in order to achieve diagnosis, treatment plan and prevention of disease and injuries. Telemedicine includes also research and evaluation and continuing education of health care providers.  However, a refined definition regards telemedicine as a service delivered by physicians only, while telehealth can be provided by “health professionals in general, including nurses, pharmacists, and others.” (1)

The way patients see telemedicine or telehealth showed improvements since the beginning of this century

In an early study from 2000, telemedicine was used to deliver specialist oncology/haematology care. Patients were satisfied with their teleconsultations, but also expressed concerns regarding the limitations of such a service. (2)

Another study, published in 2004, has shown a better perception of telemedicine. According to the authors: “Despite concerns regarding its confidentiality and its ability to approximate the social stimulation of in-person nursing visits, patients in these pilot trials seemed satisfied with home telecare and appeared ready to accept its widespread use. “ (3)

Also, a study released in 2011 concluded that “[…] brief use of a Web-based telemedicine service has a significant positive effect on patients’ perceptions of this service. Therefore, as patients do not have prior experience with innovative telemedicine services, offering patients a risk-free way to explore and experiment with the service can increase the development of accurate perceptions and user needs.” (4)

A recent study, published in 2018, used telehealth for type 2 diabetes management. The patients were pleased by telehealth improved access to care. Lots of them said they would prefer telehealth care rather than their regular appointments at the doctor’s office. However, “they would not want it to fully replace their contacts with their doctor, especially when it comes to discussing more serious health issues.” (5)

A short history of telemedicine

It can be said that telemedicine started in the early 20th century when electrocardiograph data were transmitted over telephone wires. Then, in the 1960s telemedicine was used for military and space technology sectors.

Also, consultations between specialists of a psychiatric institute and general practitioners of a state mental hospital were made through television.

It is interesting to mention that in 1925, Hugo Gernsback, a radio pioneer, published an article about a device called the “teledactyl” (tele, far; dactyl finger, from the Greek). That device would permit doctors to see their patients through a viewscreen, and to touch them from miles away with robot arms. That article predicted telemedicine, we can say. (6)

Nowadays telehealth has multiple uses

Although the reimbursement method is not very clear, the telehealth is reaching more patients, some of them being willing to pay a fee for the teleconsultation.

However, 38 states plus District of Columbia require private insurance companies to pay for telehealth. (7)

Intended to be used in disadvantaged areas, like poor or developing countries, with lack of medical care, telehealth has begun to spread over the world, as the access to the internet and to the specialized gadgets and devices becomes more affordable. The patient is able to measure their blood sugar level, or their blood pressure and the data are transmitted to the health care provider. Also, the video conferences allow the patient to speak directly to the physician or to the counselor.

We already mentioned diabetes type 2 home surveillance. There are also post-surgical follow-ups and post-hospital discharges where telehealth is used to keep in touch with the patients.  Also, telehealth addresses chronic condition, especially in seniors, for whom might be difficult to leave the home. Telemedicine can also be used for a prescription renewal, or for treatment management.  

People may use telehealth for other reasons, like they do not have to pay for the transportation to the doctor’s office, or they do not have time to wait. Teleconsultations are scheduled and the patient gets a reminder to ensure he or she will be online for the appointment.

Telehealth can be useful for behavioral health, or mental health, because the patient feels in a secure environment talking to the counselor from his own home. Be careful, though, if you are in a crisis, or someone is in a crisis, or it’s an emergency, do not use telehealth. Seek for immediate help by calling 911 in the U.S. or 112 in Europe. Every telehealth provider should have a list of numbers to call when there is an emergency.

(1) https://www.who.int/goe/publications/goe_telemedicine_2010.pdf

(2)  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1258/1357633001933925

(3)  https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/15305620050503889

(4)   https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/tmj.2010.0208

(5)  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6045870/

(6) https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/telemedicine-predicted-in-1925-124140942/?no-ist

(7) http://www.securetelehealth.com/private-insurance.html


It’s well-known that living in New York City can be extremely stressful. With so much going on around you, it’s hard to find a time to relax and catch your breath, especially if you’re also dealing with school or work-related stress. With that in mind, here are some ways to reduce stress and anxiety while living in NYC.

Find a therapist

First, try enlisting the help of a professional. A simple online search, such as “therapist in NYC,” or “therapist near me” will yield a multitude of results. You can also try asking friends and family for recommendations. Talking to a therapist will help you get to the root of your anxiety. You’ll learn coping mechanisms to use anytime you start feeling overwhelmed. In addition to helping you fight stress and anxiety, therapy can provide you with a ton of other benefits.

Your therapist will also provide guidance on how to make sure your body is prepared to handle any stress that might come your way. Stress and anxiety can weaken your body and cause physical symptoms if left untreated — in fact, too much stress can actually make you sick. Eating healthy, drinking enough water, and setting aside time to focus on yourself are all essential.

Get enough sleep

Since noise pollution is rampant throughout the city, it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep. Noise pollution is disruptive and can keep your body in high alert when you should be asleep. When you’re experiencing a lack of sleep, you’ll become more easily distressed, as well as irritable and restless. Noise pollution has been attributed to increased rates of cardiovascular disease, psychological issues, and other negative stress responses.

You should aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night. You can reduce noise in your apartment by sleeping with earplugs, hanging heavy curtains or sealing your windows, and hanging coverings on your walls to block and absorb the noise. To help you fall asleep, you may choose to visit your doctor who might recommend melatonin or meditating for a few minutes before bed. Remember to put away your phone at least a half-hour before you plan on going to bed.

Hit the gym

Try to find time to hit the gym. Exercise has been shown to reduce stress by boosting your brain’s production of endorphins. Along with making you feel good in the moment, regular physical activity helps increase self-confidence and reduces symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. Exercise can also be helpful in falling asleep easier.

The gym is also a great way to meditate because it’ll force you to concentrate on your body’s movements rather than what happened the other day at work. Once you begin regularly going to the gym, your brain will become used to focusing on a single task, which can be a useful skill in most things you do. If you’re hesitant to go alone, ask a friend or co-worker to come with you.

Find things that make you happy

It’s easy to feel suffocated when all you do is go to work, come home, and sleep. Find activities that you enjoy and make time for them. Whether it’s shopping, checking out a museum, or creating art, the possibilities are virtually endless in NYC. You’re in the center of everything, so try picking up some new hobbies and making new acquaintances and friends. Finding things that make you feel content will help reduce stress and anxiety as well as allow you to dedicate time toward bettering yourself.

Overcoming the stress and anxiety of living in NYC can seem like a monumental task, but it doesn’t have to be. With a few simple lifestyle changes, you can start feeling happier and learn how to effectively deal with feeling overwhelmed. All in all, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone.


Hair loss is a problem that a lot of people experience. For some people, the hair fall doesn’t affect the overall look of their hair. Unfortunately for some, their hair loss leads to a visible scalp or receding hairlines. The good news is that a hairline transplant procedure that can treat this problem. However, not everyone is a good candidate for such treatment.

Here are a few factors that a doctor will check to determine whether you can get the procedure done or not.

Your Hair Type

Everyone has different hair types. Wavy and curly hair are generally thick, and if you have this hair type, you’re a good candidate for a hairline transplant. Thick hair can hide bald spots very well. Light – which is reflected by your scalp – won’t pass through thick hair, which will make your bald spots less noticeable.

People with straight hair are not necessarily bad candidates. If your hair is straight but thick, then you have a high chance of a successful transplant because of the coverage that thick hair provides. However, if your hair is straight and thin, it’s hard to cover up the thinning areas and bald spots, reducing your rate of success.

Your Age

It’s usually older people – those who are 30 years old and above – who are the best candidates for a hairline transplant procedure. Doctors are generally careful in considering people who are 30 years old or younger.

Teens and young adults can experience hair loss, too. However, their hair loss still has the potential to be treated in a nonsurgical way. For instance, there are conditioners, special creams, and products that can reverse the damage. Additionally, the progress of their hair loss could still change, so undergoing a hairline transplant procedure at a young age may be unnecessary or too soon.

Your Hair Loss Type

Certain hair loss conditions and their severity can also affect your eligibility for the treatment. People with male or female pattern baldness are great candidates because they only lose hair on some parts of their scalp, which means they have a good amount of hair donors.

If you have alopecia, then you’re not a good candidate for a hairline transplant procedure because you have poor hair donors, leading to unfavorable results. Undergoing a hair transplant will only waste your time and money.

Your Health Condition

If you’re undergoing any kind of surgical procedure, including a hairline transplant, it’s necessary that you’re in good general health. Surgeries can take a toll on your body, so you need to be physically fit. A balanced diet and regular exercise can help you stay in shape.

You should discuss any illnesses you have and the treatment you’re undergoing with your doctor. Certain diseases can worsen your hair loss problem. The medications you currently take may also adversely affect your body, including your hair. Transparency in your medical conditions and the medications you’re taking will help your doctor create the best treatment plan for you.

Your Dedication to Post-Procedure Recovery

You may have gone through the hard part, which is the surgery, but it’s not over yet. After the surgery, you need ample time to recover. You’ll receive instructions on how to care for yourself after the procedure.

You need to follow the instructions carefully to ensure the success of the treatment and your fast recovery. If you’re the kind of person who can follow post-procedure care, you can push through with the treatment. If you can’t, perhaps hiring someone to remind you to take your medicines or care for you, is necessary.

Your Budget

Most healthcare plans don’t cover hairline transplant procedures, which are not cheap. The surgery cost usually ranges from $4,000 to $15,000. Additional costs include the medicines and supplements you need to take after the procedure.

Hairline transplants are also not a one-time thing. You may need several visits to the doctor to ensure you get your desired results. You shouldn’t miss appointments just because you don’t have the money for it as it may affect the success of your treatment.

The recovery period may also take some time. If you can’t show up to work, then you won’t receive any salary.

So, unless you have a source of passive income, it’s best to save up for the whole process first.


If you qualify according to the factors above, then your thinning hair and bald spots may still be resolved through a hairline transplant procedure. Talk to your doctor and make sure you thoroughly understand all the possible outcomes before undergoing the procedure.